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HISTORY OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL 

The Colusa County Air Pollution Control District was formed in 1967 under a mandate from the California Legislature called the Mulford-Carrell Air Resources Act. The Act mandated that each county in the State have an air pollution control district. The California Air Resources Board was created by the same legislation.

The first Clean Air Act had been passed by Congress in 1963.

Primary responsibility for enforcement of air emission regulations for industry was given to the local air pollution control districts. While control of motor vehicle emissions was the purview of the state and federal air quality agencies.

The first Air Quality Standards to protect public health and welfare were established by California in 1969.

In 1970, Earth Day was first held and the National Environmental Policy Act and amendments to the federal Clean Air Act were passed. Also, by presidential reorganization, the United States Environmental Protection Agency or EPA was created to consolidate environmental activities at the national level.

AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT

The basic approach in managing air quality resources is as follows:

Adopt legislation to provide legal authority

Establish outdoor ambient air quality standards

Measure pollution concentration levels in ambient air

Define planning areas and develop an air quality plan

Determine strategies to achieve and maintain the standards

Adopt control regulations to reduce pollution emissions

Enforce air quality laws, rules and regulations

Evaluate effectiveness of programs in reaching goals

 

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